ESIP Update: New Leadership Special: Part 2

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ESIP UPDATE: The ESIP Leadership Special: Part Two–Program Committee


Above: Raucous caucuses resulted in new volunteer leaders for ESIP

Good morning all – As we move into another year, we are really happy to have a new crew of volunteer leaders and we will be welcoming new clusters and some old clusters with new vigor. Last week we met the new ESIP Board. This update includes the rest of the ESIP Program Committee (formerly known as the Ex-Com).  
You are also invited to add your thoughts (and words) to an ESIP response to the NSF RFI on cyberinfrastructure needs.
And there are new(old) clusters starting up!
Looking ahead to the Summer Meeting (July 24-28) here's a short video from the City of Bloomington, Indiana:

Remember, if there is anything you'd like to see included in next week's Monday Update, send it to Bruce Caron (brucecaron AT 

brucecaron AT

Federation News 

  • ESIP response to NSF cyberinfrastructure needs RFI
  • New Program Committee Members
  • New/old Cluster: Web Services
  • New/old Cluster: Science Software

Around the Federation

  • Job Open: Data Services Manager at JHU
  • AGU Medals and Honors Nominations
  • Training in Open Science and Synthesis


  • Monday: Envirosensing
  • Tuesday: Ag & Climate
  • Wednesday: Web Services, Science Communication
  • Thursday: IT & I, Information Quality, Disaster lifecycle
  • Friday: sustainable data management

See the full telecon calendar here. Select the meeting you'd like to attend, login instructions are included in description. 

Federation News

ESIP response to NSF cyberinfrastructure needs RFI
ESIP President, Emily Law, invites you to participate:
“Many in our community have expressed interest in providing inputs to the NSF call for advanced cyberinfrastructure needs:
As the leading community in advancing the use of Earth science data, it is in our interest to provide a consolidated ESIP response to this RFI.
You are invited to contribute to this collective response by using the Loomio platform (in conjunction with Google Doc). The platform promotes shared document editing (Google Docs) and discussion (Google Docs and Loomio) and transparent decision making (Loomio).
Please join us by hopping on:
In order to meet the RFI submission due date on April 5, 2017, please complete your edits of the Google Docs (thru Loomio) by March 10. That will allow time to complete discussion by March 24, and to finalize by March 31.

Please welcome our new ESIP Program Committee!
note: Board Director bios were in last week's update.

Emily Law: President of ESIP (also Board Director)

Christine White, Vice President of ESIP (also Board Director)

Mike Daniels, Governance Committee Chair (also Board Director)

Helen Conover, Finance Committee Chair (also Board Director)

Danie Kinkade, Partnership Committee Chair (also Board Director)

Rich Signell, IT&I Chair
Rich Signell is a research oceanographer at the US Geological Survey in Woods Hole. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Engineering with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1983, obtained a MS in Physical Oceanography from MIT in 1987, and a PhD from the WHOI/MIT Joint Program in Physical Oceanography in 1989. Early work at the USGS focused on dispersion and transport in coastal waters, and included the hydrodynamic simulations for the relocation of Boston’s sewage outfall to clean up of Boston Harbor. He has worked on a number of environmental sediment issues, including Massachusetts Bay, Lake Pontchartrain, and Long Island Sound. He also worked for the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy from 2001-2004. Rich has a long-standing interest in data management, analysis and visualization, promoting standards and standards-based modeling tools for the last 25 years.

Soren Scott, Products & Services Committee Chair
Soren Scott is a research scholar at the Ronin Institute. Soren's near-term research goals are focused on the issue of trustworthiness in our data practices — a fundamental issue in research, and particularly in open science. The first goal is to understand the incentive system of narrative text and begin to apply natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to identify and extract structured methodologies. This work will benefit data rescue, long-tail data publication, and reusability and reproducibility, all while lowering the burden on researchers. The ultimate goals is to be able to provide unstructured texts for publication and knowledge transfer while simultaneously generating the structured metadata needed for data platforms — and to do that in a (semi-)automated way. The second goal is related to a more pragmatic solution for semantically enabling data values, effectively, to get at data quality information of a surface related to that semantic content. Ultimately, we want to be able to take advantage of a system built on top of point clouds to reason efficiently about data values.

Shelley Olds, Education Committee Chair
Shelley Olds is a Science Education Specialist leading informal and K-12 education efforts for UNAVCO. Shelley is a science, technology, and data geek with a penchant for teaching with over 16 years of leading the development of data exploration and discovery tools, science products, and curricula for informal and formal educational environments. With UNAVCO, she has led the creation the Monitoring a Shifting Earth, a hands-on museum exhibit currently at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center in Newport, Oregon. Additionally, Shelley has created a suite of data-rich, place-based Earth science curricula that use high-precision GPS data and other data types for secondary-level and undergraduate courses, and leading the professional development Earth science programs for K-12. Over her career she has designed interactive web-based education modules for the Ocean Drilling Program, led the development a digital library of imagery for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Science Directorate Education office, enabled data collection ingest and co-led the DLESE Teaching Box project to develop classroom-ready instructional units for the UCAR project Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE). Shelley has a M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Development and a B.S. in Earth Science / Geophysics.”

Matt Mayernik, Data Stewardship Committee Chair
Matt Mayernik is a Project Scientist and Research Data Services Specialist in the NCAR/UCAR Library. His work is focused on research and service development related to research data curation. His research interests include metadata practices and standards, data curation education, data citation and identity, and social and institutional aspects of research data.

Beth Huffer, Semantic Technologies Committee Chair
Beth Huffer is the Founder and President of Lingua Logica. She currently provides contractor support to the Atmospheric Science Data Center at NASA’s Langley Research Center. She is a philosopher and lover of logic, semantics, ontology and data. She has been working in the semantic technology field since 1998, when she joined the Cyc Project in Austin, Texas. Beth has worked on knowledge representation, formal logic modeling, and implementation of semantic technologies at companies including HIGHFLEET and Microsoft, and on behalf of U.S. Government agencies including the FAA, DOD, DHS, and NASA. She has extensive experience in ontology-supported applications for semantic search, and data and text analytics.

New/old Cluster: Web Services: invitation to participate
Cluster organizers propose that the cluster look at measuring web services patterns of use at sites where large servers are run (e.g., NASA and NOAA). A casual observation is that subsetting services for data access are underused relative to simple file-access, but to qualify and quantify this more data about access patterns are needed. OPeNDAP has some experience with analysis of access data for web services (e.g., server logs) and often has found very telling patterns that can be used to improve server performance, so even if the perception regarding under-utilization it false, there will be significant benefit to the analysis of use. If it is the case that web services are underused, we should ask why. Is it because users lack knowledge about them? Or do these services underperform users' expectations?
ESIP represents an excellent forum for this investigation since it is unique in having people representing all three groups of users (implicitly) mentioned above (end-users, system developers and data center managers).

If you’re interested in this, or if you have a different idea for the cluster, please join the organizers for the initial telecon next week, Wednesday, Feb. 8 at NOON EST.    
HERE is the call-in info:
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3131

Access Code: 827-161-661

Email James Gallagher <>  if you are not yet on the ESIP-all Slack team, he will send you an invitation.

New/old Cluster: Science Software: invitation to participate
Alert – the Science Software group is bootstrapping itself back to life – join our brainstorming telecon on 15 February noon – 1:00 PM EST/9 am PST.  Please contribute ideas ahead of time to the agenda found here.

Around the Federation

Job Open: Data Services Manager at JHU
The Data Services Manager manages the operations of the JHU Data Management Services (DMS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) unit including: a) team of four data management specialists and three GIS specialists that provide data management planning, training, archiving and geospatial data services and support to researchers across Johns Hopkins University, and b) new and ongoing collaboration and partnerships with other departments and units across JHU. In particular, the Manager must work closely with the Sheridan Libraries’ Academic Liaisons and the Digital Research and Curation Center and the Welch Medical Library. Full Job Announcement.

AGU Medals and Honors Nominations:
The call for these nominations is HERE:
Nominating a student, colleague, peer, or mentor for an AGU Honor highlights their achievements in Earth and space science research and provides them with the recognition they deserve. Receiving an AGU Honor is an esteemed recognition for those who have made profound contributions and breakthrough achievements in the Earth and space sciences.

Training in Open Science and Synthesis
Application Open for Training in Open Science and Synthesis through the Gulf Research Program. Members from NCEAS, DataONE and Data Carpentry are teaming together to provide an NCEAS led, 3-week open science training event.   This training event will be hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara CA, July 10th – 28th.  Early career and established researchers from the Gulf research community are encouraged to apply.
Travel support and accommodation is provided. The funding for this project is provided by a grant from the Gulf Research Program, dedicated to improving understanding of the Gulf of Mexico’s human, environmental, and energy systems in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Full details of the training course and information on how to apply can be found at:

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Bruce Caron
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